For something so basic, finding the best concealer for you can often feel like signing up for every dating app at once: overwhelming. But that’s why you’ve got to love Sephora. When you need intel on the absolute best makeup products, you can always count on the retailer’s reviews, all written by fellow beauty obsessives in search of their own holy grails. As for concealers, the review section is particularly helpful. Narrowing down the vast pool of flesh-color sticks, pots, and tubes that really perform can be an annoying (and expensive) exercise. Scroll on to find which concealers Sephora shoppers have rated the best for undereyes, acne, and scars—including two winners from the Glamour Beauty Awards.
Size-inclusive runways during Fashion Week have proven that bold colors, innovative silhouettes, and all sorts of unexpected styles are for every body—not just sample sizes. And as we head into fall, plus-size women shouldn’t be limited to clothes as basic as pumpkin-spice anything. The most exciting trends from the runway can be worn by anyone. Just look at the models, bloggers, and influencers who’ve already been test-driving them this season.
Read through for the most coveted plus-size fall fashion for 2019, according to the pros (plus our picks for how to shop them).
When Kaitlyn Dever strolled into the Manhattan restaurant on an overcast September afternoon, she looked like the physical manifestation of sunshine. Literally: The 22-year-old actor was dressed in head-to-toe marigold, a look she credited her stylist, Karla Welch. Turns out the outfit is part of a recent style renaissance that included a closet clean out ending in eight bags of clothes.
“I was realizing how many style phases I’ve gone through, and some of them are…interesting,” says Dever, ticking them off on her fingers. “Crocheted tops—I was doing a lot of ‘boho’ shopping. The floppy hats look, I wore that one a lot.” There was even a brief flirtation with going goth that coincided with a crush on Chris Angel.
Were you into magic? I wondered. “No, I like tattoos,” Dever deadpans, arching an eyebrow. “I know, very edgy. I was 14; it was a formative year. Kind of gives you a glimpse into my taste.” She’s since moved on from Chris Angel—these days, she says she’s dying to work with Jeff Goldblum—but the search for a signature style continues. “I feel like I’m constantly becoming other people, and then I’m dressing like the character I play,” she says. “That’s why I feel so scatterbrained in my style.”
When it comes to her career, however, Dever knows exactly what she wants: She’s been acting since she was nine—early roles include “Adorable Girl” in the Make It or Break It series and a part in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. Nearly a decade of recurring roles on series like Justified and Last Man Standing followed. This year, Dever officially went from rising star to supernova with a breakout role in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart alongside Beanie Feldstein. The movie, about two BFFs who strive to have one wild night before high school ends, was called “one of the best teen comedies to come along in years” by The A.V. Club and has an impressive 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Dever and Feldstein’s Amy and Molly have become the heirs apparent to Lucy and Ethel or, more recent, Abbi and Ilana—in other words, a comedy duo that proves once and for all the buddy genre isn’t just for the boys.
Now, people are buzzing about Dever’s performance in Unbelievable. The Netflix series is based on a jaw-dropping, real-life ProPublica investigation and has become a tentpole of the fall TV lineup. In it, Dever plays Marie, a teenager who is raped at knifepoint, reports the incident to police, and then recants her story after detectives pressure her into confessing that she made it all up for attention.
When you break it down, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello‘s relationship has followed a fairly relatable trajectory: They became friends after meeting at work, got closer, did a project together, and then eventually realized that there was more to their feelings and started dating. Of course, the job where they met was opening for Taylor Swift on tour, and the project they first did together was a hit song—but you get the drift.
Now, they’re one of the most talked-about young couples around with their every move being scrutinized by fans and the media. They’re walking around holding hands, steaming up the stage at the VMAs with “Señorita,” and making fun of the people making fun of the way they kiss with an Instagram video.
A paparazzi crew at LAX got Mendes to open up about his girlfriend as he walked through the terminal. (Honestly, he’s so nice about being pestered that we love him even more now.) The reporter asks Mendes about the rumors that his and Cabello’s relationship is fake—and he replies that it’s “definitely not a publicity stunt.” Watch the interaction below.
Mendes also confirmed another relationship milestone when he says, “Camila’s parents? I’ve known them for a long time.” However, he remains silent when asked if the two are exchanging “I love yous.”
Chances are we won’t be getting an answer to that question anytime soon. “Love is the most sacred, precious thing to me,” Cabello said in a recent interview with Elle. “I want to always feel like my love is between me and that person, and never belonging to anyone else. As much as I love my fans, and as much as I love people, I like to live my life as normally as possible. In a relationship, it makes me feel uncomfortable to invite everyone in on that.”
There are certain categories of skin care I like in theory but have basically given up on in practice, and eye cream tops the list. It’s not that I would describe myself as looking particularly awake on any given day; I have dark circles to match the rest of my colleagues, which naturally look puffier and worse on weeks when I’m not getting enough sleep. Rather, I have come to believe that most eye creams simply don’t do more than glorified moisturizing—and if you really want to make a dramatic difference, you should book a dermatologist appointment and request undereye filler instead.
Still, there are certain things I’m powerless to resist, and tiny moisturizers wrapped in fruit-inspired packaging are one of them. So when K-beauty brand Glow Recipe informed me of its latest launch, the Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask, I heard “avocado” and instantly knew I had to investigate further. (To refresh your memory, this is the same brand that upped my glass skin game with its Pineapple-C Bright Serum, another adorable and effective invention.)
The first thing I noticed is that this formula contains retinol, and that vitamin A derivative has not been my best friend in the past. Luckily, I received the eye cream shortly after getting over my longtime fear of the ingredient (thanks to a stellar moisturizer you should definitely try), and I was ready for Round Two. According to Glow Recipe cofounder and co-CEO, Christine Chang, the brand used encapsulated retinol here for gentler, slow-release results that minimize the risk of irritation and sensitivity. The idea is that you get the benefits of retinol (speeding up cellular turnover, smoothing your skin’s surface out, and spiking collagen production) without the stronger side effects (drying, flaking, and peeling—my unholy trinity). Chang and fellow cofounder and co-CEO, Sarah Lee, tweaked the delivery system so that the retinol gradually penetrates your skin. (It’s housed in a polysaccharide, which needs time to break down once it makes contact with your undereye area and doesn’t activate instantly.)
Along with retinol, the duo also packed the pale green cream with plenty of other actives. Avocado provides a brilliant dose of inspiration for the packaging (it’s admittedly really cute and 95% of the reason I decided to try this in the first place), while also adding antioxidants and a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect. Additionally, there are two forms of hyaluronic acid (one free, one encapsulated) and squalane, which are two of my favorite ways to receive potent hydration. The lineup also features niacinamide (great for evening skin tone and protecting against environmental stressors) and brightening coffeeberry. What you get in the end is a formula that balances smoothing and brightening effects with plenty of moisture, so there’s no risk of dryness or irritation, even with daily use.
To me, there is no point in testing eye cream when all you really need is a gentle moisturizer. I now live in a relatively chill city, and don’t often hear the words, “Wow, you look TIRED,” a frequent occurrence in my former life. Unfortunately for me—but luckily for the purposes of this experiment—I managed to over-schedule myself in true New Yorker style last month. The second my dark circles began reaching their former levels of prominence, I grabbed the avocado retinol concoction and put it straight to work.
The miniature pot comes with an equally small spoon, so you can scoop out perfectly proportioned amounts of the thick mask without contaminating it with whatever’s lurking beneath your fingernails. I have never once done anything more with these spoons than take a photo of them for the ‘gram, and that’s exactly what I did here. (I appreciate the thought and attention to detail, though.) Inside, you’ll find a thick cream that feels like it melts as you pat it in. It’s one of those textures that feels like it might create a layer of residue, but then dissipates into nothingness, leaving smoother skin in its wake.
The bait and switch. It happens more often than you think while executives for The Bachelor and Bachelorette are debating the next season’s lead. Choosing the lucky one to hand out roses each season is no easy feat, which is probably why ABC producers have plenty of back-up choices in case something goes awry.
“It’s always a very difficult choice. And people get angry no matter who we choose,” producer Mike Fleiss previously told Entertainment Weekly. “Really, you can’t look for 100 percent approval, you’ve gotta make your best decision in terms of story potential.”
Take this upcoming season, for example. Mike Johnson has been the obvious Bachelor front-runner for weeks now, but producers threw fans for a loop when it was announced Peter Weber, a.k.a Pilot Pete landed the job.
And this isn’t the only upset in recent memory. Plenty of stars from Bachelor Nation have been on the receiving end of that inevitable bait-and-switch in the past—and it’s not pretty. Check out 10 former contestants who were this close to landing the role of Bachelor or Bachelorette.
The models I’d acquire over the years—two different pairs of the Esplar designed for Madewell, and the V-10 Unicorn in iridescent silver, which I wear religiously—were first and foremost more comfortable than the Converse I wore into disrepair, and ultimately better priced and durable.
Since then, Veja has rolled out several interesting collaborations, including the recent one with Christophe Lemaire, as well as vegan variations. But its biggest innovation to date—the one I’ve been excited about since I first learned it was in the works—stands to shake up an industry dominated by legacy brands such as Nike, Mizuna, and Asics.
Veja’s Condor running sneaker is the first ecological shoe of its kind, designed with 53% bio-based and recycled materials. “Our challenge was to create a running shoe without plastic. 99% of the materials in existing running shoes are plastic and should be prohibited,” Kopp tells me. The plastic he speaks of, which wasn’t used to make the Condor, is specifically a polymer that’s 99% petroleum. “Our society’s dependence on plastic and oil is an ecological disaster,” announces the pocket brochure that comes with each pair. “From drilling petroleum to plastic waste flowing into the sea, why aren’t we looking at how we can reduce our dependence on both?”
Getting to that point required four years of R&D before the product was even conceived. The founders hired a running technician from Mizuna who brought deep technical knowledge and infused the company with the running culture it was missing. The brand overcame many failures over the years, testing and reinventing until they got it right. Right meant approbation from a host of testers, from amateurs to running industry pros, all over the world. “They were bluffed by the performance of the shoe, particularly given that it’s our first!” says Kopp.
The shoe is a balance of natural materials such as banana oil, rice husk, and sugar cane for the expanded midsole, castor oil for the upper stability inserts, and more innovative elements like Alveomesh (a technical fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles that lends breathability) and L-FOAM, a proprietary technology made out of 50% natural latex and 50% synthetic latex, used for the cushioning insert that protects against vibrations.
I brought home the light grey pair and immediately took them for a spin on the streets of Paris. I’m by no means a serious runner—ongoing back pain from a herniated disk limits the activities I feel comfortable pursuing—but as a fast-walker, I’m just as much the target audience as a casual jogger or marathoner. Don’t run at all? The Condor could still be worn as an everyday shoe.
Breakups are never easy—but try adding a camera crew, production team, and all of America watching on top. Sounds like a nightmare, am I right?
That was the reality for many of the runners-up from The Bachelor: the hopeful ones who signed up to appear on a dating competition show but left broken-hearted in a limo sans Neil Lane engagement ring.
Some of the women who came in second place have moved on with their lives and started their own families. Some took a turn at handing out the roses themselves as The Bachelorette, and quite a few decided to take a step back and remove themselves from the limelight altogether.
Whatever they’ve chosen to do, we’ve done some digging on all of them—yes, every single runner-up from all 23 seasons of The Bachelor—and got to the bottom of what everyone is up to today.
(Not photographed: Tara Huckeby, who didn’t exactly have the easiest breakup with Bachelor Jesse Palmer in season five. The general contractor from Oklahoma immediately called him out for “leading her on” after learning that she wasn’t the chosen one. Since the show, she’s kept a low profile and has stayed out of the spotlight.)
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are obviously two very famous people on their own with major careers. But when you combine the two personalities—especially on social media—well, that’s where the real magic happens.
Even though they’ve been married for seven years and are about to welcome their third child, the couple is still as playful as ever with their internet banner. And, frankly, we love to see it. Take for instance a recent flirty message that Lively wrote under a brooding black and white photograph of Reynolds. “Feeling very happy about my life choices right now,” she said. We see no lies here. (The photo is a promo shot from Reynolds’ Aviation gin line.)
While this latest comment was a seemingly sincere message from Lively, the couple is actually best known for brilliantly trolling each other on social media. In honor of Lively’s 32nd birthday in August, Reynolds posted a series of unflattering photos of his wife—well, as unflattering as a photo of Blake Lively can actually be—with a simple, “Happy Birthday, @blakelively.”
The couple also loves to post birthday messages where they crop their significant other out of the frame, like when Lively posted that other Ryan (Gosling) in her 2017 post about Reynolds.
Obviously, this is all good-natured and fun and only serves to make the couple more relatable. It’s basically a part of their brand at this point and we hope that never changes. Reynolds recently explained their trolling tendencies to Ryan Seacrest. “Oh yeah, we do once in a while. It’s kind of like what my dad used to say, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, say something embarrassing.’ That’s how we roll,” he said. “I think it’s a sign of a healthy relationship, personally. I do, yeah.”
We totally agree and can’t wait to see what sort of delightful diss these two come up with next.
Earlier this week, ABC unveiled the 33 women competing for Peter Weber’s heart on The Bachelor next season. (You can see them pictured above.) And while there seem to be more contestants of color than seasons past, there’s only one body type as far as I can tell: thin.
It’s disappointing to not see more body diversity, but also not so surprising. After all, this is a franchise where a woman over 27 is considered a “cougar” and we’ve only seen one Bachelorette of color. When it comes to body diversity, there was progress in 2015 when plus-size model Bo Stanley appeared as a contestant on Chris Soules’ season. But she was cut the first week.
And then, when host Chris Harrison was asked in 2014 if there will ever be a “chubby” Bachelor, his answer was…less than encouraging. “That’s not attractive,” he told The New York Times Magazine. “And television is a very visual medium, and I know that sounds horrible to say, but I know that at 42, in the eyes of television, I’m old and unattractive. Sure, I can put a suit and tie on, but I have hair on my chest and I don’t have a 12-pack. I live a healthy life, but I don’t do eight hours in the gym, nor do I want to. And I don’t eat 50,000 egg whites.”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight last year, Robert Mills, ABC’s senior vice president of alternative series, specials, and late-night programming, said the series would “absolutely” cast for more body-type diversity. However, he added this caveat: “A lot of it does revolve around who the lead is and who the lead wants to date. What you don’t want to do is say, ‘We’re going to put on somebody who’s more curvy,’ and then they’re gone the first night. It’s hard, but we’re all for as much diversity as possible.”
While I understand what Mills is getting at here and consider myself forever member of Bachelor Nation, there’s no excuse for foregoing body diversity altogether. This should go without saying, but there are many types of beautiful bodies in the world. And what’s more: These bodies are sexy—and people find them sexy. I think it’s time the franchise reflected that.
Whitney Way Thore from My Big Fat Fabulous Life echoed this in a recent interview with Glamour about plus-size women on reality TV. “If you look at America, the average woman is plus-size,” she said, noting the often-quoted statistic that 68% of American women wear a size 14 or above. “So what are we doing on however many seasons of The Bachelor and there’s never been a fat woman? I would love to see it, especially in terms of desirability and love and sex appeal. You don’t see a fat person because they’re not ready to present that a fat woman can be that way. That’s a big problem.”